It's Monday, What Are You Reading is a fun weekly meme hosted by Sheila at Book Journey where we share what we've read and reviewed over the past week and what we plan to read next.
My week has had its ups and downs (Surprise root canals! Oh wait, I only need 1 root canal and one is just a bad cavity. Yippee!) but I did get to read some really good books during my down time (and it was a good excuse to eat Jello pudding, a favorite childhood snack, and watch movies all weekend). I also had a productive morning and wrote several book reviews and hopefully I can keep that momentum going because I have a tremendous backlog of unwritten reviews :)
Calling Me Home by Julie Kibler
This was our June book discussion selection for my evening book group. I really liked it and I am looking forward to hearing what the others in my book group thought. The story is about a forbidden interracial relationship in the segregated South and the way things have changed or not changed enough since.
The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan (reread)
This is the second book I've listened to that is narrated by Jesse Bernstein and while I still don't like his narration, I was able to get lost in the story so it didn't bother me as much. Or maybe it is just growing on me. I did like the voice he used for the gruff bully Clarice.
The Pearl That Broke Its Shell by Nadia Hashimi
This was a fascinating story and a heartbreaking one. I think fans of A Thousand Splendid Suns would love it. I hadn't heard of bacha posh before (the practice in Afghanistan of a little girl living as a son until puberty in families without sons) but now there are three books being published this year about it (this novel, a memoir, and a nonfiction book).
Love by the Morning Star by Laura L. Sullivan
I am finding this book to be really charming so far. I'd heard of comparisons to Eva Ibbotson and I definitely agree. I also think it is similar to The House at Tyneford by Natasha Solomons. Hannah Morganstern is a Jewish distant relation of an English aristocratic family who is sent to them for safety. Unfortunately when she arrives she is thought to be the new maid and the "maid" Anna who is really a Nazi spy of sorts (she is really more concerned with landing a rich husband) is thought to be the long lost cousin.
What I plan to read next:
The Titan's Curse by Rick Riordan (reread)